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Role of the Office of Disability Services

  • The role of ODS is to provide reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities to comply with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
  • We ensure that equal access and opportunity is provided to students with disabilities through our individualized approach. In 2013-2014, ODS provided services to over 700 students throughout Fordham.
  • We meet with each student to review his/her documentation and then develop his/her accommodation plan based on the student's type of disability, documentation recommendations, and needs.
    Accommodations are granted to students that will not alter the coursework or the degree requirements.
  • ODS provides services to all students in any degree program at Lincoln Center, Rose Hill, Westchester, or Online-Only Programs, except for Law School students. If you are a faculty member teaching Fordham Law School students, please direct inquiries to Abel Montez at amontez@fordham.edu

Why do we take such an individualized approach with each student?

  • There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to accommodations because each student with a disability has learning and accommodation needs that are different.
  • There is a general misconception that all students would benefit from extra time, but this is completely false.
  • Research has actually shown that students who do not need extra time actually may perform worse on exams with extra time. This could be due to second guessing themselves when they have more time than they need.
  • Accommodations are meant to help a student compensate for the effects of a disability, not give anyone an unfair advantage academically.